Introduction to the Quality Course Framework (QCF)
A Framework for Developing Quality Course Environments
In a collaborative effort at The University of Utah, three groups, Teaching & Learning Technologies (TLT), the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE), and Continuing Education & Community Engagement (CECE), developed a Quality Course Framework grounded in the research and literature about best practices in course development:
- Student-centered learning can be be enhanced by courses delivered through digital media and associated technologies.
- Learning activities do more than just distribute information and files through an online environment.
- Instructors should value and facilitate an online community of learners where students take responsibility for their own learning.
- Both students and instructors learn together.
The model for The Quality Course Framework incorporates a four-phased course development process centered around:
Each of the phases expresses these essential elements:
- Course and lesson outcomes are stated as measurable objectives.
- An organizational structure facilitates usability and learning.
- Learning activities engage students in a complete learning process.
- Course content is provided in media formats appropriate for the web.
- A sense of learning community is facilitated through specifically planned communication and student support.
- Assessment, feedback and evaluation strategies measure student learning outcomes, as well as overall course quality.
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